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Students who are New York State residents and live in counties other than Suffolk are eligible to pay resident tuition if they obtain and submit a Certificate of Residence from the office of their home county chief financial officer. (Links to forms for various New York counties can be found below.) Students are urged to take this action to avoid being charged the non-resident tuition rate, which is double the resident rate.

Students Must:

  • Apply for a Certificate of Residence (COR) to their home county chief financial officer (see links below);
  • Receive a copy of the COR from that office
  • Write their SCCC ID number on the front of the COR
  • return the completed COR to the college by any of the following methods:
    • By mail:
      Suffolk County Community College Office of Financial Affairs
      NFL Building -Suite 232, 533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784-2899.
    • By email:
    • By fax: 631-451-4444

Date of Issuance:

The window of eligibility for issuance of a new certificate, for any particular term, is clarified as any time between (a) two months prior to the student’s registration date (not the start of classes) and (b) 30 days after the start of classes.  COR must be renewed every year, as needed.

Incarcerated Students: 

An incarcerated student’s official last known address prior to incarceration as provided by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) shall be considered dispositive evidence of a student's county of domicile prior to incarceration.

Certificate of Residence Resources:

Links to New York State County online resources/applications for a certificate of residence:
Albany Greene Oneida Seneca
Allegany Franklin Onondaga St. Lawrence
Broome Fulton Ontario Steuben
Cattaraugus Genesee Orange Suffolk
Cayuga Hamilton Orleans Sullivan
Chautauqua Herkimer Oswego Tioga
Chemung Jefferson Otsego Tompkins
Chenango Lewis Putnam Ulster
Clinton Livingston Rensselaer Warren
Columbia Madison Rockland Washington
Cortland Monroe Saratoga Wayne
Delaware Montgomery Schenectady Westchester
Dutchess Nassau Schoharie Wyoming
Erie Niagara Schuyler Yates
Essex NYC Central Office    
Appeal Information
  • Please note that denials can only be reversed if either the county or the college made an error or did not follow relevant legal requirements. 
  • Students can submit appeals by email to or by physical mail to:

Suffolk County Community College Office of Financial Affairs
NFL Building -Suite 232, 533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784-2899